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Written by  Thursday, 07 September 2017 11:49
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The Pervasive Parenting Center and Haskell County Sheriff’s Department will host Sgt. Cory Sutton of the University of Oklahoma Police Department, and Traci Sutton, Speech and Language Pathologist, for training on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Law Enforcement. The event will be held Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Stigler, Oklahoma.


This class is free and will go toward 8 hours of continuing education for all law enforcement.


This will include 2 hours in mental health training. It will also include a parent panel to give insight into their lives with children on the spectrum.


There will be a presentation from Sutton along with his wife Traci, a speech pathologist that works with children with autism and other disabilities.

“We have hosted officer Sutton in Poteau and Sallisaw, and there was such a great turnout and response that we had to have him back,” said Kodey Toney, director of the Pervasive Parenting Center. “There is such a huge need. Sgt. Sutton is helping to bring awareness to the officers and peace of mind to the families in this area. With 1 in 68 diagnosed with autism, and an increase of 72 percent in the past eight years, it is an issue that will become more prevalent in the near future.”

Sutton and his wife have developed this training to help officers understand people on the spectrum a little better.

“I put this together because of a close friend of ours that has had three negative experiences with her son and law enforcement,” said Sutton. “It made me sick, so I started looking into training myself and then to train other officers. My wife is a speech pathologist and works with a lot of individuals on the spectrum. So between the two of us, we have put this class together. I have had nothing but positive responses, in fact very positive responses, from everyone that has attended so far.”


Pervasive Parenting Center is a not-for-profit organization made up of families, local educators, community leaders, and health-care professionals. The organization works to provide a better life for the families in eastern Oklahoma who are coping with disabilities. In the past, the center has used donations to help with Sensitive Santa, Sibshops for siblings of children with disabilities, scholarships for students with disabilities, classroom grants for special education departments in eastern Oklahoma, and to bring conferences, trainings, and resources to the area.

To register: 15042286054

For more information contact Sgt. Cory Sutton: (405) 325-1436; (405) 740-1645; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Kodey Toney: (918) 658-5076; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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